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US National Team: Looking Ahead

The 2006 World Cup was a page turner for the United States. Not only because the result didn’t fulfill the pre-tournament expectations of many, but because of a coaching change and the departure of arguably four of the United States five most skilled players. (Eddie Pope, Claudio Reyna and Brian […]

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Preview Of The MLS Knockout Round Matches

Major League Soccer wrapped up its regular season with one final weekend that saw teams eliminated from playoff contention and other teams cement their spot in the postseason. Before the league’s best get to play their first game in the postseason, the MLS Knockout Round must be held to finalize […]

Who Will Anchor The Azzurri Defense?

The Italian national team has been blessed across generations with having some of the best centre-backs to ever grace the game. The list of names stretches back through the decades but in the past twenty years the obvious leaders would have to be Milan trio Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini (started […]

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Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to mask his decline

Earlier last week, Brazilian legend Ronaldinho left yet another club by mutual agreement. The story was like every other. After an initial bout of optimism, his time at the club (in this case, Fluminense) quickly turned tumultuous, and a split was in the best interest of both parties. It’s the […]

Review: Honigstein’s ‘Das Reboot’ is required reading for fans of German, US soccer

“Das Reebot,” a new book from Raphael Honingstein which hits book stores and online retailers on Tuesday, is a masterful look at how German soccer broke out of its conservative traditions to create a world champion. While Germany has always from the view of outsiders been a world powerhouse, having never […]